Discovering Rhubarb in the Garden + 30 Ways to Use It!
A few weeks ago I was taking a stroll alongside the ducks, who had only just come outside for the first time, and noticed a bunch of thick red bulbs poking out of the dirt where their enclosure would soon be. A few days later and some of them had sprouted thick green leaves like tiny fans. They looked almost like Swiss Chard or pumpkin leaves, and I was a bit confused. Only days before noticing them I had been telling the family that I thought it was a smart idea to invest in some rhubarb crowns for the farm. We'll be going to our first farmer's market this May, the kind where we'll be selling fresh produce. From watching other growers in the area over the past three years, rhubarb is one of the first things everyone has to sell, and it's a really popular purchase! I remember bringing home handfuls of homegrown rhubarb from the market myself last year.
I was so happily surprised to find six big rhubarb plants sprouting out of the soil! Their stalks were that classic green and pink striped variety I had seen time and again. I knew that my dad would be pleased; strawberry rhubarb pie is his favorite, and I have to say that I am partial to the jam. We would be eating rhubarb like kings! While we will be selling ours, if you happen to have a rhubarb plant of your own or multiple ones like we do... That's a lot of harvest! What do you do with all of that rhubarb over the entire summer? I decided to compile a list of ideas here along with some links to other great recipes. I hope you enjoy! I want to try doing this with other vegetables and herbs we'll be growing this season. Eating seasonally is such an important step in living a more sustainable lifestyle!
30 Ways to Use Rhubarb
- Make a sauce to go over meat, ice cream, or a pound cake.
- Bake them into your favorite breakfast treat like muffins, coffee cake, or a crisp.
- Slice thinly and put into some cheesecake!
- Blend them up into a margarita.
- Always a classic... Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.
- Or maybe making some jam is more your style!
- Put some into your favorite salsa recipe for a sweet flavor.
- Mix with some of your favorite berries like raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries and bake into brie. Yum!
- Pair with cherries or apples in a tart.
- Use rhubarb sauce over yogurt and top with granola for a tasty parfait.
- Bake into homemade pop tarts.
- Substitute rhubarb in for my Raspberry Peasant Hand Pies.
- Have you ever made Strawberry Soup? Try adding some rhubarb in next time!
- If you love lemon curd try making a rhubarb curd.
- Make a crumble covered in fluffy dumplings.
- Mix up a rhubarb chutney.
- Combine with fennel, thyme, and a creamed cheese over pastry to make a baked savory tart.
- Peaches, strawberries, mint, and a bit of rose with diced rhubarb make a pretty tasty sangria!
- Work some slices into your overnight oats.
- Serve poached in red wine, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon alongside rice pudding.
- Try this maple syrup and rhubarb glaze over meat or stir fry.
- Make your own homemade ketchup with an added tang.
- Grain free rhubarb honey cobbler is sure to make your mouth water.
- Place a stalk into your smoothie.
- Dice and sprinkle on your pizza paired with goat cheese, chili powder, arugula, and mushrooms. Use this rhubarb orange compote recipe by Debra Dorn!
- Pickle it and place on your favorite homemade burger or veggie burger!
- Roast and toss over your salad.
- Turn it into a rub for pork, chicken, or steak.
- Make it into a blackberry compote to spread over homemade crepes.
- Pickle into short stalks and serve alongside a cheese and vegetable plate.